Sin Subsidy

  • Aired:  07/23/14
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A ruling on a clause in the Affordable Care Act causes utter chaos -- until later that same day when a different decision is reached. (8:09)

>> Jon: WELCOME! WELCOME TO "THEDAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, GEORGE TAKEIIS GOING TO BE JOINING US ON THE

PROGRAM.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]OH, WHAT A DAY IN NEW YORK CITY.

NOW I KNOW THE TEMPERATURE ATWHICH TESTICLES MELT.

[LAUGHTER]IT IS NOT PLEASANT OUT, BUT

KUDOS TO THE AUDIENCE FOR EVENSHOWING UP HERE TONIGHT.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]ALTHOUGH, SAVE YOUR ENERGY

CAUSE YOU CAN'T STAY IN HEREALL NIGHT.

[LAUGHTER]WE HAVE AIR CONDITIONING.

WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH OBAMACARE,WHICH...

[LAUGHTER]AFTER A NUMBER OF SETBACKS,

APPEARS TO BE OPERATING AS ITWAS INTENDED.

IT'S SMOOTH SAILING FOROBAMACARE.

>> BREAKING NEWS, THIS TIME ITCONCERNS OBAMACARE, AND

A DRAMATIC BLOW BYFEDERAL APPEALS COURT.

>> THIS IS A BIG BLOW TOOBAMACARE.

>> A HUGE BLOW.

>> HUGE BLOW TO THEADMINISTRATION.

>> BAD BLOW.

>> A MAJOR BLOW.

>> TOUGH BLOW.

>> SERIOUS BLOW.

>> A DEVASTATING BLOW.

>> AN ENORMOUS BLOW.

>> Jon: A LOT OF BLOWING!

[LAUGHTER]THERE IS SO MUCH BLOWING.

EVERYBODY IS BLOWING OBAMACARE.

[LAUGHTER]WHAT? WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED

THAT WOULD SO DRAMATICALLY...ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY,

GET READY TO BE BLOWN.

IT TURNS OUT THAT THE AFFORDABLECARE ACT PROVIDED FEDERAL TAX

CREDIT SUBSIDIES TO QUALIFIEDLOWER-INCOME INDIVIDUALS WHO

SIGNED UP IN EXCHANGESESTABLISHED BY THE STATES.

BUT AS YOU KNOW, 36 STATES --THE REDDER ONES -- OPTED TO NOT

SET UP THOSE EXCHANGES, FORCINGTHEIR RESIDENTS ONTO FEDERAL

EXCHANGES, WHICH CAUSED ALAWSUIT AND THUS...

>> THE LAW DOESN'T EXPRESSLY SAYPEOPLE WHO GET THEIR INSURANCE

THROUGH FEDERAL EXCHANGES ALSOGET THOSE TAX CREDITS.

>> Jon: OH, MY GOD, I'M BEINGBLOWN.

YES, THEY... THEY FINALLY GOTOBAMACARE.

SEE, THE LAW SAYS YOU MUST BEENROLLED IN THROUGH AN EXCHANGE

ESTABLISHED BY THE STATE.

NOW, A NORMAL PERSON MIGHT SAY,DO YOU REALLY THINK THE LAW

INTENDED SUBSIDIES ONLY FORLOWER-INCOME CITIZENS OF STATES

THAT WEREN'T BEING DICKS ABOUTTHE EXCHANGES?

WELL, TWO OF THE THREE JUDGES INTHIS INSTANCE SAID, UH, YEAH.

WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT SENTENCELITERALLY.

I'M JUST HAPPY BOTH JUDGES GOTTO WORK THAT MORNING ASSUMING

THAT ONCE THEY HIT STOP SIGNSTHEIR DAY ENDS.

[LAUGHTER]NO, I HAVE TO... UNTIL THE LAW

EXPRESSLY PROVIDES A GOSIGN, WE CAN IN NO WAY

ASCERTAIN THE INTENT OFTHE FRAMERS OF THE SIGN.

SURELY THE PEOPLE HONKING BEHINDME APPRECIATE THE RIGOR OF MY

JUDICIAL ACUMEN.

[BLEEPED] YOU TOO!

SO, NOW THAT THE TWO JUDGES MORELITERAL THAN AMELIA BEDELIA HAVE

RULED, WHAT NOW?

>> THIS RULING CREATES MOREPROBLEMS.

>> IT'S CHAOS, ISN'T IT?

>> THIS IS A MESS.

>> THIS IS A BLOODY MESS.

>> DEFINITELY SCRAMBLED THINGSUP.

>> CHAOS FOR THE INSURERS.

>> CHAOS AND CONFUSION.

>> CHAOS IN OBAMACARE.

>> ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE.

>> Jon: [SCREAMING] NOOO! THEREIS NO LAW.

EVERYONE FOR THEMSELVES.

IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD.

YOU BLEW IT UP.

OBAMACARE IS MADE OF PEOPLE.

[SCREAMING]>> BREAKING NEWS NOW, A SECOND

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HASREACHED A CONFLICTING OPINION,

ANOTHER DECISION.

>> THEY DECIDED THAT THEOBAMACARE SUBSIDIES ARE LEGAL.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: [LAUGHING]

I HOPE YOU HAVE INSURANCE.

SO I GUESS AMERICA HASN'TDEVOLVED INTO A STATE OF

APOCALYPTIC CHAOS, BUT THE STATEEXCHANGE CLAUSE, OTHER APPEALS

COURT, PLEASE, WHAT ABOUT THESTATE EXCHANGE CLAUSE?

>> WHAT THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURTSAYS IS WHEN YOU READ THE

STATUTE AS A WHOLE, ANDTHIS WAS THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION'S ARGUMENT,IT SEEMS PRETTY

CLEAR THAT THAT'S CONGRESS,THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS WANTED.

>> Jon: RIGHT, BUT HOW ARE WESUPPOSED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT

CONGRESS WANTED.

THERE'S NO WAY OF KNOWING WHATOUR OBAMACARE FOREFATHERS

ORIGINALLY INTENDED.

I MEAN, THAT WAS WRITTEN BACK IN20 OT 9.

YOU'D NEED SOME SORT OF TIMEMACHINE TO FIND OUT WHAT

CONGRESS INTENDED OR A TIVO OR AWORKING TELEPHONE OR LEGS TO

WALK OVER AND ASK THEM.

SO WHAT EXPLAINS HOW TWODIFFERENT COURTS OFFER TWO

ENTIRELY DIFFERENTINTERPRETATIONS OF THE EXACT

SAME CLAUSE ON THE SAME EXACTDAY?

>> IN THE FIRST RULING TODAY, ATHREE-JUDGE PANEL, TWO

REPUBLICAN APPOINTED MEMBERS OFTHE FEDERAL D.C. CIRCUIT COURT,

IN THE OTHER FEDERALDECISION TODAY, THIS ONE

FROM THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OFAPPEALS, A THREE-JUDGE PANEL,

ALL APOINTED BY DEMOCRATS.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

SO HOW DID THE REPUBLICAN JUDGESNOT UPHOLD OBAMACARE YET THE

DEMOCRATIC JUDGES DID?

I MEAN, I JUST WONDER WHAT --OH.

[LAUGHTER]OH, I GET IT NOW.

THE COURTS ARE JUST AN EXTENSIONOF OUR OWN BROKEN -- [CRYING]

IT'S LIKE LOOKING AT ONE OFTHOSE MAGIC EYE POSTERS.

AND YOU'RE LOOKING AND LOOKINGAND THEN FINALLY THE DOLPHIN

JUMPS OUT AT YOU, BUT INSTEAD OFA DOLPHIN, IT'S AN EVIL CLOWN

THAT SKULL [BLEEPED] OURFUNCTIONING OUR 200 AND SOME ODD

YEAR DEMOCRACY.

THE LAW IS ROTTEN. OUR JUDICIARY IS ROTTEN.

IS THERE ANYTHING, I SAY TOTHEE, THAT CAN SAVE OUR COUNTRY,

OUR WAY OF LIFE?

>> CONGRESS COULD CHANGE THEWORDING OF THE LAW ITSELF.

>> Jon: GO ON.

>> THE SECTION OF THE LAW THATAPPLIED TO CREATING A

STATE-BASED EXCHANGE IF THEY HADJUST ADDED ONE MORE SENTENCE,

YOU KNOW, OR ONE MORE CITATIONTO APPLY TO THOSE THAT ARE

EITHER IN PARTNERSHIP OR CREATEDBY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THIS

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM.

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE TELLING METHAT FIVE MILLION PEOPLE IN 36

STATES CAN BE SAVED FROMPOSSIBLE BANKRUPTCY OR

DEBILITATING LACK OF MEDICALCOVERAGE WITH THE ADDITION OF

ONE SENTENCE THAT SAYS, "YOU CANGET SUBSIDIES THROUGH EXCHANGE

SET UP BY THE STATE OR THEFEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES."

YOU DON'T EVEN NEED A FULLSENTENCE.

JUST ADD "OR HHS" ON THE END...

JUST TWO WORDS.

YOU COULD SALVAGE THIS ENTIRE[BLEEPED] THING WITH A MEDIOCRE

SCRABBLE HAND.

WELL, LET'S DO IT!

THAT'S...COME ON!

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT... ITELL YOU THIS, AS I STAND HERE

TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO MAKEIT, EVERYBODY.

>> THE HOUSE SPEAKER SAIDTODAY'S RULING IS ALSO FURTHER

PROOF THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'SHEALTH CARE LAW IS COMPLETELY

UNWORKABLE.

IT CANNOT BE FIXED.

>> Jon: WELL, I GUESS IT'SJUST YOU AND ME, OLD FRIEND.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE][CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

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